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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 25, 2007 4:10am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: mason's children - december '69

There was a post recently mentioning the 12-30-69 show and how good the Mason's Children from it was....
I had to speak up, since I think that's actually the weakest Mason's from that Boston Tea Party run. It's a good show overall (of course the cuts are in the worst spots, making for choppy listening), but I thought I'd comment on the other more neglected Boston Tea Party shows.

The best Mason's comes from 12-29-69 - they go wild on the two solos, and have some trouble coming back to the song! I'm not sure whether my favorite Mason's is this one, or the similarly long one from 12-28-69 - but listen to both and decide for yourself!

12-28 is definitely a hot show, but 12-29 for some reason is really underrated and needs more attention! It has a great Hard to Handle in which Jerry's smoking solo comes close to the '71 heights; it also has a long Dancing in the Streets with a very mellow jam; and it also has one of the early Not Fade Aways after they reintroduced it, with Pigpen playing harmonica!

12-31-69 is quite the laid-back show; notice that Not Fade Away, only two days on, is already more developed and closer to the way they would normally play it. The audience must have been shocked by the string of country songs to end the show! But the highlight is definitely the start of set II: Alligator>jam>Bid You Goodnight jam>Caution>chaotic jam>Good Lovin'>The Eleven (at which point they run out of gas). A great listen:

But for me, the highlight of December comes in the 12-12-69 show: an Alligator>Caution>feedback that goes on for almost 40 minutes! Check it out:

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Poster: Cliff Hucker Date: Sep 25, 2007 5:43am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: mason's children - december '69

Nice post LIA, but I think that "Speedway" Masons is head, hands and feet above any other version played, Jer's two leads are some of the sickest playing Ive ever heard!

My take on this "Live Wire" jam is only slightly different from yours...

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Poster: NoiseCollector Date: Sep 25, 2007 7:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: manson's children - december '69

Don't you mean manson's children? After all this is 'the family' right? Be proud of ear and nose hair.

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Sep 25, 2007 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: manson's children - december '69

i've always been partial to the d.p. 4 mason's, love the jam that leads into it, thrilling